VERNON, TX (KAUZ) - Officials in Vernon discussed the city's budget and tax rate at Tuesday night's commissioner's meeting.
The proposed tax rate approved is slightly higher than last years, going from $.56020 to $.56470.
Joe Jarosek, Vernon's city manager, said the proposal will be an increase of $4.50 for a $100,000 home.
"We're working really hard to keep the tax rates and water rates as low as possible. We have a city to run, and it takes money. So we are just trying to do the best we can without hurting the taxpayer any more than we have to," said Joe Rogers, Mayor of Vernon.
This rise will help the city get an Infrastructure Improvement Grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture to do some work on one of the city's water lines.
Jarosek said the reason the waterline on Lexington Street needs to be replaced because it is outdated.
Raises for city workers were also discussed.
"I would love to give everyone a raise, but can we? That's another story," said Mayor Rogers.
Jarosek said all city employees will be seeing annual salary increases by 2 percent, except directors.
Those increases will total to about $68,000.
Many of the city's commissioners said they need to decrease spending, especially because of the residents concerns about high water bills.
To do that, they decided to hold off on seal coating the city's streets.
However, a new ambulance did make the cut.
"There's been some discussion that we have some ambulances that are getting older and need a lot of repairs," said Mayor Rogers.
Mayor Roger said the new emergency vehicle will cost about $110,000.
Public hearings on the proposed tax rate will be held at Vernon City Hall on September 6th and September 13th at 6:30 p.m, and the tax rate will be on the agenda for September the 27th.
Something else that is going to be on the agenda at the next meeting on August 23rd, is an "All Lives Matter Committee."
City officials were presented with the idea Tuesday night, and said they believe this will be a good addition to Vernon.
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